Author(s): Obuekwe CO, Hourani G, Radwan SS
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Abstract Soil samples taken monthly from the Burgan South oil field of Kuwait for one year degraded crude oil, phenanthrene, and hexadecane. Bacteria were better degraders at high-temperature (55 degrees C) than fungi, especially in the drier, hotter months. Depending on the period of sampling, bacteria degraded hydrocarbons in the range of 46-86\% (crude oil), 42-100\% (hexadecane) and 5-58\% (phenanthrene). Fungi alone accounted for degradation by 20-81\% (crude oil), 30-95\% (hexadecane) and less than 55\% (phenanthrene).
This article was published in Folia Microbiol (Praha)
and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care